Because I Feel Like It (Game) Reviews: Dead Cells

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The rogue-like genre is a packed field these days, but it takes a lot to get the balance right of what makes them enjoyable. Many developers end up with a game that fails to give players the right opportunities to observe, learn, and improve from their mistakes, and instead of challenging, their offerings become frustrating and discouraging. However, indie developer Motion Twin seem to have hit on the right formula, marrying the rhythmic, ‘dancing with the bosses’ style of combat from the Souls games with a Metroidvania style side-scrolling format and roguelike rules to create Dead Cells. Combine that with vibrant, colorful visuals and a kickin’ soundtrack heavy on orchestral and acoustic alike, and you’ve got a fast-paced, arcadey experience that’s great for quick 20 minute sprints, but that will absolutely devour entire days of your life if you’re not careful.

In it, you play the anonymous Prisoner, adventuring your way through dungeons, ramparts, sepulchers and castles to try and escape an island where a mysterious disease called the Malaise runs rampant. Those ruling the island have imprisoned the majority of the island’s mutated inhabitants (whom you’ll have the pleasure of meeting/slaying), retreating within their stronghold to try and escape their grasp.

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Cupcakes & Lighter Fluid – Dark Souls – 26: Sansa vs. Quelaag

James dons his sword, shield, and trusty paper bag as he approaches the climactic boss battle with Chaos Witch Quelaag!

Cupcakes & Lighter Fluid – Dark Souls – 25: And…. NOOOOOW….

James and Vince do the equivalent of a training montage, as Vince takes us back to the Undead Asylum in order to prep for our fight with Chaos Witch Quelaag.

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Cupcakes & Lighter Fluid – Dark Souls – 24: Pinwheels for Everyone

James reaches the ground floor of the Catacombs and deals with the many-faced master of Necromancy who lies within… today on C&L!

Cupcakes & Lighter Fluid – Dark Souls – 23: Rolling is Winning

…and Plunging Attack is Best Attack.

Just in time for the holidays, James & Vince return to inflict grievous wounds and Christmas cheer on the denizens of the Catacombs.

Cupcakes & Lighter Fluid – Bloodborne – 02: One More Time!

Vince discovers his latent hatred for fat guys in capes on this episode of our Bloodborne playthrough!

Cupcakes & Lighter Fluid – Bloodborne – 01: The Next Generation

James does us a solid on this episode of C&L, allowing us to venture forth into the shieldless, victorian world of Bloodborne. Sandy may not be here, but he’s certainly with us in spirit.

Cupcakes & Lighter Fluid – Dark Souls – 24: Saving Grace AKA Lunge-O

The Astora’s Straight Sword proves worthy of joining the duo of Dogstick and Drake in our trifecta of terror, as we descend deeper into the Catacombs on today’s C&L!

Cupcakes & Lighter Fluid – Dark Souls – 23: One Skeleton At A Time

Ever watched a man get gangfucked by skeletons? Wonder how that’s even possible? Find out today on C&L as we descend into the Catacombs.

Cupcakes & Lighter Fluid – Dark Souls – 22: Vag Dragon

Sandy: Aww, he doesn’t look so ba- oh… oh gawd WHAT THE HELL IS THAT. IT JUST KEEPS GOING.

The crew take on the big boss of the Depths in this episode of C&L! Enjoy, Like, Comment, and Subscribe!